And so on Saturday morning, I finally packed my overnight bag and made my pilgrimage (required of all 20-something residents of Texas at some point during their college careers) to Austin. Below is the evidence that remains from my weekend trip to Houston's free-willed younger sister, located two and a half hours northwest of H-Town city limits.
|Welcome to the Silicon Hills|
|The sky always seems bigger in Texas|
|Approaching downtown Austin|
South Congress (SoCo)
|First stop: South Congress Avenue|
|Didn't take long to spot my first live Austinite hippie|
|Enormous costume store|
|Free trade crafts|
|SoCo food trucks|
|Cooling off in the shade|
|"This is low season"|
|Randomly ran into a bunch of friendly Germans at Kung Fu|
Whole Foods Flagship Store
|Austin's hometown grocery store|
|Kirby's mom made fun of me for taking pictures.|
Kirby pretended not to know me.
|Ended up choosing the goat cheese sandwich over the Korean barbecue dish|
(because when goat cheese is bad, I blame the goat, but when bulgolgi is bad,
I blame globalization). 'Twas an excellent choice.
University of Texas
|View of the Capitol building|
|Maybe I should have applied here...|
|Until next time!|
Definitely coming back soon—24 hours was far too short to take in the whole city but still long enough to make me a fan. After all, how could I not love a city whose motto is "Keep Austin Weird"?
Shout-out to the Kirbster, her roommates, die Deutschen and the hospitable residents at the corner of 25th and San Gabriel for showing me how it's done.